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Saturday
Feb152014

how to fix limp roses with washi tape

Have your Valentine roses gone a little limp because of the heavy rose buds? Well, here is a fun decorative way to spruce them up with washi tape!

SUPPLIES:

• washi tape
• toothpicks

First break one toothpick in half. And then tear off a piece of washi tape, about 6 inches.

Place one half of the toothpick on the rose steam near the base of the rose where it has bent over.

Wrap the washi tape around once and then add the other half of the toothpick on the other side. Then continue to wrap the washi tape around hiding the toothpicks while providing support to the stem.

Sometimes you may have to use a full toothpick.

And there you go! Now you have a decorative washi tape bouquet of roses that aren't falling over.

Hope you all had a happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday
Feb132014

Where are they now? THE WASH, crafty girls come clean

One of the things I miss about living in Kansas City are all of the cool craft shops to find unique fabrics, paper and yarn. The only thing I've found here in Miami is a Michael's (which is a pain to drive to). I don't even know where Jo-Ann Fabrics is located! One of the shops that I miss the most is Urban Arts + Crafts. Owner, Karen Roark, always made me feel welcome. She even sold my cupcake bath fizzies there :)

Her story was the last THE WASH story I wrote in October 2011. Let's catch up with Karen to see where she is now!

Karen Roark
MAIN CRAFT: shop owner of Urban Arts + Crafts
FACEBOOK: Urban Arts + Crafts
BLOG: www.ialwayspickthethimble.com
LOCATION: shop = 4165 N Mulberry Dr, Kansas City, MO
Karen = Kingman, Kansas. Currently living in Westwood, Kansas.

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Three years ago UA+C moved to their third store location, just three doors down from the previous location! The store has beautiful hardwood floors, a private classroom area (which customers really like) and a separate fabric department with two large cutting/working tables in the center. 

"Right now our store is trending on yarns and fabrics. Everyone loves to knit during the winter. It's been so cold here [in Kansas City] that people are enjoying bundling up in their cozy hand knit or hand crochet scarves!

The scrapbooking trend is on the down turn, but we have always focused on more of a "Paper Arts" approach with the products we carry. Framing, decopauge projects, buttons, and journaling items are all still very popular. Metal stamping is also very popular and is sort of "my thing" right now. I love the wack of the hammer and the ability to personalize what you make."

"What hasn't changed is the desire for people to take classes and learn - which  is wonderful! We're so happy when people want to take on a new challenge such as knitting or sewing."

 Last year Karen started a blog, www.ialwayspickthethimble.com. It's been a place for her to share many of her favorite Urban Arts + Crafts projects along with a few of her personal projects. This woman does it all! Sewing, jewelry making, knitting + crochet. Karen recently purchased a digital camera and she was having so much fun with it that she started a blog as an excuse to practice photography.

"I've realized that I love photography! I can't believe I didn't get into photography earlier in my life."

Karen still stands by her advice to those thinking of opening their own shop.

1. Get your finances straight and get a GOOD accountant.

2. When you turn what you love into your business, be sure you're prepared to handle it when people don't love what you do.

3. I've always been told, before you start a business, should know and plan your exit strategy. (And nope, I still don't have one.)

You can catch up with other inspirational stories like Karen's on Where are they now? THE WASH, crafty girls come clean.

Tuesday
Feb112014

coconut milk pudding: 3 ways

Over the past several months coconut has become my best friend. And I used to dislike coconut! Now my kitchen it stocked with coconut oil, coconut sugar, coconut flour, coconut milk and roasted coconut chips.

One thing that I make almost every week is coconut milk pudding. You can add matcha for a green tea flavor, cacao for chocolate pudding. Great for anytime of the day, this low calorie, vegan, sugar-free pudding is a treat!

Here's how to make it!

INGREDIENTS
• 1 can of organic unsweetened coconut milk (not lite), refrigerated

• 1/3 cup chia seeds (white or black)

• 1-2 TBS organic brown rice syrup

• 1 TBS of matcha or cacoa powder (optional)
Makes about 4 1/2 cup servings.

First you need to refrigerate the coconut milk. Place in fridge. I usually leave mine in overnight. If you can't wait place in the freezer for an hour. However, the long that the milk is refrigerated and sets, the thicker it will be.

Open the can of coconut milk and you'll see that it's nice and thick. This will not work with lite coconut milk! I've had some coconut milks that don't work. Native Forest and Trader Joe's Coconut Cream works well.

Pour the refrigerated coconut milk into a blender. I have a Vitamix. Be careful as you scoop it out because there will be some liquid in the can. You can open the can upside down if you'd like. Put in the chia seeds and start with the 1 tablespoon of the organic brown rice syrup to sweeten. Then blend! I've found that you can't see the chia seeds if use black or white. Also, add more rice syrup to taste if it's not sweet enough for you.

The pudding will be a little runny looking, like a yogurt, from the heat of the blender blades mixing the pudding. But the chia seeds will thicken it up when you refrigerate it. Pour the mixture into a plastic container and seal with the top. Then place in the fridge overnight. And viola! You have coconut milk pudding! If you can't wait another day to eat the coconut pudding you can certainly eat it now, it just won't be as thick.

I love to have coconut milk pudding in the morning as a parfait with granola and some roasted coconut chips.

To make green tea or cacao pudding just add a tablespoon of either powder to the recipe. You may want to start out with a little less powder, then add more to taste.

What's really good is chocolate coconut milk pudding with pomegranate seeds! It's like a chocolate covered strawberry to the next level. A very Valentine treat for you and your sweetie!

ENJOY!


Monday
Feb102014

natural bombshell makeup tutorial

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This year's makeup trend is a flawless face for a natural beauty look. You don't have to spend lots of money on makeup when trying out new looks. Here is my makeup tip: I like to spend my dollars on concealer and foundation. Then I like to go to Walgreens to stock up of my beauty supplies.

Do you see all of those yellow tags? Those are sales you get with your Walgreens Rewards card!

To create my natural bombshell look, I bought these products from Walgreens.

Maybelline Expert Wear, Autumn Coppers eyeshadow

Maybelline FIT ME Deep Rose blush

Covergirl Bombshell Volume by LashBlast black/brown mascara

Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs Maple Kiss lipstick

Bastie Dry Shampoo

I started out with light foundation to create my natural look. Then I applied the Maybelline FIT ME Deep Rose blush to give my face a soft and warm glow.

Romantic hues of pinks and purples are perfect for any face. These colors subtly enhance the natural eye color. I love the Maybelline Expert Wear, Autumn Coppers eyeshadow because it tells you where each color goes! Base, lid, crease and liner. Maybelline blush and eyeshadow are my go-tos. I've been using them for years!

Heavy eyeliner is in, so I applied black eyeliner to define my eyes. I first placed Maybelline Define-A-Line soft black eye liner, then L'Oréal Paris 12HR Infallible The Super Slim liquid black eyeliner to define and give a slight wing. Then I applied Covergirl Bombshell Volume by LashBlast black/brown mascara. This is my first time using it and I really like it. It's a double wand with step one: the extreme volume basecoat and step two: the intensifying top coat. No clumps and no heaviness.

For a natural look you choose either your eyes or your lips to stand out. Don’t try to do both because it will be too overwhelming. So I chose the Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs Maple Kiss lipstick to complete my natural bomshell look.

I sprayed my hair with Bastie Dry Shampoo so that it's nice and refreshed. I love this stuff! And Walgreens is the only place that I can find it!

And there you have it! A quick and easy natural bombshell look.

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Sunday
Feb092014

my Valentine wish list

I hope you all have been enjoying the Valentine Gift Scout gift guide! There are a ton of new products that I've recently came across that I wasn't able to place in the guide. So here are 10 Valentine gifts that are on my personal wish list.

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1. Go Be Lovely Hand Cream - This packaging is lovely!

2. Be Mine Pendant - This heart necklace is so sweet and dainty.

3. C'est Tout print - From my pals at Ampersand Design Studio.

4. Some Say Love Dress - Although I love my black and gray wardrobe, I'd totally wear this dress on a Valentine date. Those roses are just enough to say, "happy Valentine's Day."

5. Night Eau De Parfum - Who cares how it smells. I just want the beautiful bottle!

6. Heart to Heart bracelet - This totally matches the Be Mine Pendant. Perfect pairing with the Some Say Love Dress.

7. Color Me Pretty Lip & Cheek Palette - This is super cute to have in your clutch for date night touchups.

8. Q&A A Day - I totally want this book! It's a book filled with questions for you and your mate to answer every day for three years. A nice little time capsule keepsake.

9. Leather Conversation Hearts keychain DIY - This is SO cute! I really need a keychain.

10. House Industries Valentines Cards - A graphic designer's dream! I want them all.

 

Valentine's Day is in five days!